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[klif-ee] /ˈklɪf i/
adjective, cliffier, cliffiest.
abounding in or formed by cliffs:
a cliffy shoreline.
Origin of cliffy
First recorded in 1530-40; cliff + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nov. 29, they were still near the cliffy, lion-head-shaped island.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • At half past five we were three miles from a cliffy head which had been taken for an island at the anchorage, and set at N 77 E.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • This proved to be a cape, composed of three cliffy points, near the northern part of which lay a cluster of black rocks.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • The Finsteraarhorn sends down a number of cliffy buttresses, separated from each other by wide couloirs filled with ice and snow.

  • From the vast boss which constitutes the lower portion of Monte Rosa cliffy edges run upwards to the summit.

  • cliffy smiles kind of condescendin' and tells Mr. Robert he needn't worry a bit.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Scarcely any traces are now to be found of the old settlement on a cliffy point of the eastern shore of the harbour.

  • We stopped to dine on an interesting rocky island, securing our canoe to the cliffy shore.

    Canoeing in the wilderness Henry David Thoreau
  • The headlands project boldly far into the sea; in front lie several islands, and behind dark forests and the cliffy Apennines.

  • They came about in mid-channel and lay some hours with lowered sail in the lee of a cliffy island.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett

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